Why do you need Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) during pregnancy?
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) is a water-soluble vitamin, which means the body does not store it, it has to be taken from different food sources. Riboflavin, or vitamin B2, is a crucial vitamin that helps your body to produce energy. It also promotes your baby’s growth, good vision, and healthy skin. Riboflavin is also essential for your baby’s bone, nerve and muscle development. A pregnant woman requires 1.4 milligrams of riboflavin per day.
The food sources of riboflavin:
Milk, fortified cereals and bread products are all good sources of riboflavin. Wheat flours and breads are also supplemented with this vitamin.
Note: Keep food sealed or in an opaque container, as light tends to destroy the riboflavin in the body.
Let’s have a look at the amount of riboflavin in some of these foods:
- 1 cup nonfat milk
- 30 grams almonds
- 1/2 cup spinach, cooked
- 1/2 cup broccoli, chopped and boiled
- 85 grams roasted light chicken meat
- one slice enriched white bread
- one slice whole wheat bread
- 85 grams dark chicken meat, roasted
- 1 large egg, hard boiled
- 1 cup fortified puffed wheat cereal
- six spears asparagus, boiled
- 85 grams salmon, cooked
- 30 grams cheddar cheese
(Note: 85 grams of meat is about the size of a deck of cards.)
Should you take riboflavin supplement during pregnancy?
You will perhaps get enough riboflavin from a diet that includes a variety of grains, meats, green vegetables, dairy products, eggs, and enriched cereals and grains. Most prenatal supplements provide the dietary reference intake (DRI) for riboflavin.
However, some women who are vegetarians, lactose intolerant, or have anorexia are at higher risk for riboflavin deficiency. Anemia, dermatitis, sore and cracked lips and mouth are among the signs of a riboflavin deficiency.
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